To the editor:
Michael Callis’ Aug. 7 letter suggested that the U.S. should look to other nations, such as Switzerland and Israel, as examples of how to regulate gun ownership.
While I think looking for successful examples is a good idea, these two are not so useful. Switzerland and Israel both have mandatory military service, and after serving in their armed forces those gun owners act as a militia.
That is not what we have in America, where any yahoo can buy a gun with little or no regulation. My dog requires more government oversight than my shotgun here in N.H. There are more guns (390 million-plus) in America than people. That’s a gun ownership rate of well over 100 percent of the population. In contrast, Switzerland has around 27 percent and Israel around 7 percent gun ownership rates.
Personally, I would never take the NRA’s recommendation on how to regulate guns. They are nothing but a shill for the gun manufacturers. They prey on people’s fears so you will buy more guns. That strategy seems to be working.